Minnesota is home to the nation's best craft vodka distillery

Prairie Organic Spirits was ranked No. 1 on the USA Today Readers' Choice list.
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Minnesota is home to the best craft vodka makers in the United States.

That's according to USA Today, which ranked Prairie Organic Spirits as the No. 1 craft vodka distillery in the country.

The Princeton, Minnesota-based distillery is known for its Prairie Organic Vodka and Prairie Organic Cucumber Vodka, as well as its gin products that are all made using ingredients grown on organic family farms in Minnesota.

USA Today's 10Best list is curated by the newspaper's editors and experts from the field and then voted on by readers, who found Prairie Organic to be the best at what it does.

"We’re honored to be selected as the nation’s best craft vodka distillery,” said Scott Meek, Prairie Organic’s Vice President of Marketing, in a press release.

"We work hard to create great-tasting vodkas and gin while at the same time improving our sustainable practices, protecting wildlife and supporting our organic farmers. This recognition by USA Today’s readers reinforces that people truly value organic and brands like Prairie Organic that work to foster positive change for our planet."

Prairie Organic Vodka was launched in 2008 by Ed Phillips & Sons, the Northeast Minneapolis distilling giant founded in 1912 by a Russian immigrant.

It is made using organic corn, which is distilled in a copper still "as many times as needed to produce the desired flavor profile," USA Today notes.

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The leftover grains are then used for animal feed on local farms.

The USA Today ranking is not the first plaudits the vodka has received. In 2009 it was named "Best New Vodka" by Food and Wine Magazine, and won a Double Gold Medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, according to TC Daily Planet.

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